1300th Anniversary of the  Tonyukuk Memorial on UNESCO's 2020-2021Agenda

1300th Anniversary of the Tonyukuk Memorial on UNESCO's 2020-2021Agenda

TÜRKSOY
Thursday, 02 May 2019

Upon suggestion of the UNESCO National Commission of Turkey, the 1300th anniversary of the Tonyukuk Memorial as well as the 750th anniversary of the passing of Hacı Bektaş Veli and the 700th anniversary of the passing of Yunus Emre have been included in the agenda of anniversaries to be commemorated by UNESCO in  2020-2021.

According the statement of the National Commission of Turkey to UNESCO, while proposals of anniversaries and commemorative years to be declared by UNESCO for  2020-2021, were negotiated at the 206th session of the Executive Committee of UNESCO held between April 3rd-17th, 2019, it was decided that 51 proposals of anniversaries and commemorative years shall be submitted for approval at the 40th General Conference of UNESCO.

Within this framework the following suggestions were made regarding the year  2020:

·         Turkey proposed the commemoration of the 1300th anniversary of the Tonyukuk Memorial. This proposal was backed by  Azerbaijan,  Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Uzbekistan. For the year 2021 Turkey further proposed the commemoration of the 750th anniversary of the passing of Hacı Bektaş Veli with the support of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, North Macedonia and Romania  as well as the commemoration of the 700th aniversary of the passing of Yunus Emre with the support of Azerbaijan,  Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Uzbekistan;

·          Azerbaijan proposed the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birthday of the scholar Lutfi Zadeh. This proposal was backed by   Georgia and Turkey;

·         With the support of Irak, the Russian Federation and Turkey, Kazakhstan and the Islamic Republic of Iran proposed the commemoration of the 1150th anniversary of the birthday of the  scholar and philosopher  Abu Nasr Farabi’nin  (Al-Farabi). Kazakhstan further proposed the celebration of the 2200 anniversary of the establishment of the city of Shymkent. This proposal was backed by the Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Turkey.

The above-mentioned proposals regarding commemorative years to be declared  by UNESCO for 2020-2021 were approved by the Executive Committee with a view to be submitted to the approval of the General Conference.